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Jun 24 - Jul 05, All Day

2 Week Summer Workshops Tile and Wood Firing

Alfred Summer Arts offers four weeks of workshops, high school institutes and residencies across disciplines in our world class facilities. From ceramics to sound, printmaking to dance, 3-D printing to theatre, we welcome you to explore all our magic valley has to offer you this summer.

Tile: Exploring Digital Methods with Jason Green: 6/24 - 7/5

This workshop will use digital design software to explore tile design and involve multiple production techniques appropriate for a home or school studio. Students will use CAD software including Rhino and Grasshopper to develop patterns and digital prototypes. Models will be made using laser cutting, FFF 3D printing, CNC milling or direct modelling of materials. Multiple production techniques will be discussed and explored including press molding, air release molds, slabs and direct modeling of relief tile. Multiple methods for glazing and surface decoration will be demonstrated along with processes for mounting and installing tile in home and gallery spaces.

All levels, some experience needed.

Wood Fire with Reduction Cool with Lindsay Oesterritter (Sold Out) : 6/24 - 7/5

This class will focus on firing the wood kilns with a reduction cooling and considerations that go into making for wood firing. Students will bring bisque ware, and we will have some class time to make as well. We will combine the wheel and hand building techniques and explore ideas around the unglazed surface. Demonstrations will include making on the wheel, incorporating hand-built elements, and design details and considerations of the pot. While we prepare our work for the wood kilns, we will also cover wadding, loading, firing, reduction cooling, unloading and cleaning our wares. At the end of the class you should expect to be taking home your newest favorite pots, but more importantly, new ideas for your studio practice. We will be working with high-fire stoneware, iron-rich stoneware, and other high-fire clay bodies.

All levels; beginners encouraged.